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Saturday 9 March 2002, 23:20 GMT
Sigmund Freud Action Figure.
Celebrate the great achievements of the man responsible for modern psychotherapy with this Sigmund Freud Action Figure. Each 5" tall figure captures Freud in a pensive pose, holding a distinctly phallic cigar. Prop him on your desk or nightstand to inspire you to explore the depths of your unconscious and embrace the symbolism of your dreams.
[Via plasticbag.org]
Dan Bricklin is a lot more impressed with the Handspring Treo than Phil Greenspun was. I'm intrigued by Bricklin's comments about the clever software that makes the keyboard so easy to use. If I do end up buying a Treo I'd been inclined to go for the Grafitti-based version, but perhaps such a tiny keyboard is going to be practical after all.
Kathryn Hughes wonders why writers are scared of footnotes? I can see why she's worried that stripping non-fiction works of footnotes makes them harder to evaluate, but as a member of the general reading public I have another objection: a good, discursive, informative footnote can be just plain entertaining, dammit. [Via Kate]
High Tech Computer Sales Jargon.
FOOLPROOF OPERATION - No provision for adjustments
HIGH RELIABILITY - We made it work long enough to ship it
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Manufacturer's, upon cashing your check
[Via 3 Bruces]
Friday 8 March 2002, 22:45 GMT
Is this the cutest puppy picture ever, or what? The story of why little Thilde is wearing a sock can be found here.
More details of the clash of tugboat and bridge I mentioned on Wednesday. [Via Bifurcated Rivets]
That's marketing!
A spectacular image of the Space Shuttle Columbia taking off at dawn. Or at any rate, of the vapour trail it left behind.
Dr Fun: Arkham in the days before indoor plumbing.
Thursday 7 March 2002, 22:30 GMT
There are teachers, and then there are educators.

My first reaction after I'd finished laughing was to assume this was an urban legend. The ever-reliable Barbara Mikkelson suggests that it might in fact be a true story (not that this would disqualify it from urban legend status - see the second entry in the snopes.com FAQ.)
God Names Next Chosen People: It's Jews Again. "Oh Shit," Say Jews.
"We were not avoiding Him. We just told our parishioners that if Anyone asks, we're out," insisted Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. George Carey, who had called off services during February. "Besides, we weren't the only ones. I didn't see the Hindus raising their hands."
Wednesday 6 March 2002, 23:40 GMT
Every time you masturbate... [Via I Love Everything]
Tugboat versus bridge. Should only be attempted by qualified and experienced personnel. Do not try this at home. [Via User Friendly Link of the Day]
Tuesday 5 March 2002, 23:40 GMT
Are you old enough to remember Timeslip? Off The Telly has posted an appreciation of the show. It made a huge impact it had on me, watching it at the age of seven or eight.

I've no doubt that at that age I missed all sorts of nuances, but I was also probably a lot more forgiving about little details like dodgy special effects. I vividly remember my reaction to some of the series' best moments, such as a character watching her daughter being shot thirty years earlier, or the climax to the first story arc, in which the time travellers left wartime England and expected to find themselves back in 1970 but instead find themselves in an arctic wilderness. It was the emotional impact that counted, that and the sense that strange and wonderful and scary things were going on.

The early 70s were a good time to be a kid getting into science fiction: what with TV programmes like Timeslip, The Tomorrow People and Doctor Who, and public libraries carrying excellent SF novels by the likes of Robert A Heinlein, Hugh Walters and Andre Norton which were specifically aimed at young audiences. Then in the mid-70s Speed & Power magazine ran a selection of Arthur C Clarke stories (I particularly remember Sunjammer, The Sentinel and A Meeting With Medusa) and Isaac Asimov's Robot series and I was helpless to resist.
As a companion piece to last year's composite image of the Earth at night, NASA have now come up with the equivalent image of the Earth in daylight. Even more so than images of vast starscapes and distant galaxies, a shot like this reminds me of man's place in the universe. From just a few miles away, it's as if we've never existed.
A very nice 403 Error page. [Via Haddock.org]
Michele versus Leo Sayer. No contest, really. Almost makes you feel sorry for the poor bugger.
Monday 4 March 2002, 22:30 GMT
Meet Dennis Hwang. You may not know his name, but you'll almost certainly have seen his work: as well as being the assistant webmaster at Google, he designs most of the special logos the site uses to mark holidays and major events. [Via Techdirt]
How Osama won Europe the space race by Will Hutton. The question is, is this new-found sense that Europe has to wean itself from a dependance on the US for vital technology the start of a trend?

Assuming it is the start of a trend, at what point does duplication of effort become self-defeating, especially if it involves two power blocs staunchly insisting that "our" standard be adopted within "our" borders? Anyone for a EuroInternet?
Milk Bottle of the Week. Very nicely done. An exemplary hobby site. [Via feeling listless]
Pioneer 10 phones home, 30 years on. It takes 22 hours for a radio signal to make it all the way out there and the response to arrive back from way out there. Think about that. 22 hours. That's a long way out.
Sunday 3 March 2002, 23:05 GMT
If Star Wars Was Set in Glasgow.
Obi-Wan Kenobi would invariably be referred to as Chief or Big Yin by his cohorts. People trying to start a fight with him would addess him as Wanky-Nobby.
[Via Memepool]
OS X: The Little OS. [Via plasticbag.org]
John Perry Barlow is a worried man.
Peter Jackson has been talking about the content of the DVD release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Just to whet your appetite:
"There's a lot of character scenes, the thirty minutes is sprinkled right the way through from one end to the other, it's integrated into the film. There's a very famous sequence from the book where Galadriel gives the Fellowship gifts, which we didn't have in the theatrical release even though we shot it. There's a lot of really nice moments between characters. We carved the movie right back to keep the pace fairly relentless for the cinema but on a DVD you've got a little more flexibility. You can develop the characters more, there's more information about who they are, what they are and where they come from."
Sounds good to me.

NB/- the article contains a major spoiler for The Return of the King, insofar as Jackson mentions that one fairly important subplot from the novel isn't going to make it into the finished film. [Via Lots of Co.]

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